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Can We Trust Romney’s Words on Obamacare?


Obamacare Trojan Horse

John R. Houk

© February 11, 2012

 

Mitt Romney has been trying to convince Conservatives that he is a Conservative. Somebody caught Romney in a Freudian slip when on a role on a campaign stop, he told the crowd all the Conservative things he would do as President except he slipped up by saying he will fund Obamacare.

 

YouTube Video: Mitt Romney Wants to Fund Obama Care!!!

 

 

Uploaded by bookittysdad on Jan 30, 2012

 

In a Speech in Panama City, Florida, Mitt Romney goes on about cutting waist in the Military, and then using the funds to pay for Obama care. This is raw footage, there have been no editing tricks or other things added to this video. Please pass this around everywhere you can. Original Video Link. http://youtu.be/PipWtwfUkQY

 

Tony Newbill found an article at Ricochet.com reporting the feelings of a Romney advisor about how a Republican President would handle Obamacare if elected. Norm Coleman believes Obamacare will not be repealed but that the Senate will force a fix instead.

 

You couple this with Romney’s words in the YouTube video Romney does not really have any intention of using Executive Orders to render Obamacare useless. Romney’s Website says this about Obamacare:

 

Repeal and replace President Obama’s health care law
Mitt Romney believes that Obamacare must be repealed. On his first day in office, he will issue an executive order paving the way for waivers from Obamacare for all 50 states. Subsequently, he will call on Congress to fully repeal Obamacare, and advocate reforms that return power to the states, improve access by slowing health care cost increases, and make health insurance portable and flexible for today’s economy.

 

USA Today has an article authored by Mitt Romney on May 5, 2011 that provides five points about how a Romney Administration would deal with Obamacare:

 

Step 1: Give states the responsibility, flexibility and resources to care for citizens who are poor, uninsured or chronically ill. This reform speaks to the central advantage of our federalist system — that different states will experiment with and settle on the solutions that suit their residents best. Some states might pass a plan like the one we did in Massachusetts, while others will choose an altogether different route. We can empower states to expand health care access to low-income Americans by block-granting funds for Medicaid and the uninsured. My reforms also offer the states resources to help the chronically ill — both to improve their access to care and to improve the functioning of insurance markets for others.

 

Step 2: Reform the tax code to promote the individual ownership of health insurance. The tax code offers open-ended subsidies for the purchase of insurance through employers. This subsidy is unfair — as it doesn’t apply to insurance purchased on one’s own. I propose to give individuals a choice between the current system and a tax deduction to buy insurance on their own. This simple change creates the best of both worlds. Absolutely nothing will change for those who like their current coverage. And individuals who don’t get coverage through their employers will have portable, lower-cost options.

 

Step 3: Focus federal regulation of health care on making markets work. This means both correcting common failures in insurance markets as well as eliminating counterproductive federal rules. For example, individuals who are continuously covered for a specified period of time may not be denied access to insurance because of pre-existing conditions. And individuals should be allowed to purchase insurance across state lines, free from costly state benefit requirements. Finally, individuals and small businesses should be allowed to form purchasing pools to lower insurance costs and improve choice.

 

Step 4: Reform medical liability. We should cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice litigation. The federal government would also provide innovation grants to states for reforms, such as alternative dispute resolution or health care courts.

 

Step 5: Make health care more like a consumer market and less like a government program. This can be done by strengthening health savings accounts that help consumers save for health expenses and choose cost-effective insurance. For example, we should eliminate the minimum deductible requirement for HSAs. The market reforms I am proposing will drive down costs, better inform consumers and improve the quality of health care in our nation.

 

These five steps are positive change. They will reduce health care costs, improve access and enhance value for the money. My reforms put quality, choice and innovation — not Washington — in charge.

 

The five-step plan does not sound like repeal to me. However, with a little full disclosure the Romney steps to have a market system replace the socialist system of Obamacare quite appealing. BUT I find a bit of disingenuity in claiming his Administration would repeal Obamacare but that his plan is to fix Obamacare. Without some details on a market fix for Obamacare I an uncertain that the top (Federal) down (State) socialism can be fixed. I suspect repealing Obamacare and starting over with a medical-insurance reform based on a market economy would better serve the taxpayers of America. I can’t see reforming a socialistic program without starting from scratch is possible.

 

If Romney actually wins the GOP nomination I will vote for him over President Barack Hussein Obama. I will not support Romney through to the Republican National Convention. For me it is a decision between Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Perhaps we will see a better picture of how the Republican Convention will proceed after Super Tuesday.

 

JRH 2/11/12 (Hat Tip: Tony Newbill)

Santorum, Gingrich or Romney – Oh My


Romney, Gingrich and Santorum

John R. Houk

© February 9, 2012

 

I have been leaning toward Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee to run against President Barack Hussein Obama. Largely on the basis that Newt’s campaigning has been a pro-Christian, pro-Israel and pro-Conservative message. I have been willing to look the other way about past positions Newt has supported yet has repudiated in the 2012 campaign coupled with his successes to help the House of Representatives a Republican conclave that meant Newt was elevated to Speaker of the House. Newt was the first Republican Speaker in a quarter century Democratic Party nomination.

 

Honestly before Gingrich I held out for a Palin run for the nomination. Governor Palin opted out so I turned to Palin-like Michele Bachmann. Bachmann demonstrated a lack of support for her campaign so I began to lean to Herman Cain. Cain’s personal life was scandalized by the MSM with the surfacing of women that claimed Cain sexually harassed them or had an affair. All categorically denied by Cain and nothing substantiated with anything but a he-said/she-said. Cain opted out either because of unproven guilt or the realization the character assassination was too great to overcome to win the nomination. I have never been a Romney ally. For me Romney Conservative bona fides never rang true plus as a Christian I have a problem with the Mormon religion being somewhat of a Gnostic-Christian spin-off cult of Christianity that lacks the orthodoxy to be thought of as a Christian Denomination. So that left me with the perception that Newt Gingrich was the strongest Conservative that countered Romney. (Note that Ron Paul is not in my support list at all. I love Paul’s domestic economics and despise his isolationist weaken American Exceptionalist foreign policy.)

 

NOW Rick Santorum has racked up delegates from Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota and won an influential Missouri straw-poll Primary. That is nothing less than remarkable for a candidate that has appeared out of the race from the beginning. Santorum’s Conservative bona fides are much clearer than Newt’s. I am beginning to feel like a ping pong ball that is being slammed back and forth between Conservative GOP candidates with only one constant; i.e. not supporting Romney for the Republican nomination.

 

VIDEO: Santorum Shakes Up GOP Race With Three-for-three Finish

 

The Media recently christened the GOP race as a battle between two rivals in Romney and Newt. The way I see it now is that the GOP race is a battle of two Conservatives in Newt and Santorum on who can win out over Romney. That leaves me in a position of waiting to see who wins the most delegates at the GOP Convention. The current up in the situation may not be known until Convention haggling if Super Tuesday does not produce a clearer choice for Republicans. In Oklahoma I am voting for Santorum.

 

I know Ron Paul will not win the nomination; however between Santorum, Gingrich and Romney, I will Republican on Election Day November 2012 AGAINST President Barack Hussein Obama.

 

Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer writes about Rick Santorum’s big day on Tuesday February 7, 2012 in musing about Gingrich and Romney as well. Wallenmeyer’s thoughts inspired my thoughts.

 

JRH 2/9/12

Ron Paul’s Soros Defense Plan


If you are a Conservative on any level (e.g. Conservative, Paleoconservative, Neoconservative, et al) then you would agree that George Soros is possessed by an anti-Christ spirit. By that I mean Soros hates religion – Christianity in particular, America and American-style Liberty.

 

The majority of Conservatives understand that Soros is an Anti-American Leftist. Indeed, Conservatives are not surprised when the Slanted Left to Extreme Left rub shoulders with Soros and his agenda to transform America and the world into a utopian, top-to-bottom, Leftist and into a New World Order. I know that sounds like Conspiracy Theory; however a mere reading of the Soros organizations and their tentacles of influence points to Conspiracy Fact.

 

Now that I have established Soros’ Leftist bona fides, it will surprise you how deep one of the GOP candidates for the Republican nomination is directly linked to George Soros.

 

That candidate is the Libertarian-Republican Ron Paul!

 

JRH 1/2/11

The Romney Plan for America


Romney Believe in America

 

John R. Houk

© November 1, 2011

 

I am definitely not in former Governor Mitt Romney’s camp for the GOP nomination for President. I have to own-up to the primary reason for this is Romney is a Mormon and Mormonism is not Christianity yet pretends to be Christianity. As a Christian I have a problem with that. The secondary problem I have with Romney he appears pretty close to being a RINO. Full-on RINOs make no bones about their Liberal leanings. Then there is RINOs like Romney that is Conservative Republicans in some areas but is politically liberal or socially liberal in others.

 

On the other hand if Romney does win the GOP nomination I am definitely voting for him over President Barack Hussein Obama. At the very least Romney does not have an agenda to transform America into a socialistic nation dependent on government entitlements to move the economy and secretly enslave the poor by making the Federal government the poor’s source of livelihood.

 

Romney’s major campaign agenda is his 59 point plan to get America’s economy on track. Just like Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Romney plan has less to do with tax reform and more to do with traditional tax cuts and strategies for jobs growth international trade.

 

Romney’s answer is a 59-point plan, including 10 steps he vows to take his first day as president. “Each proposal is rooted in the conservative premise that government itself cannot create jobs. At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way. The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well,” he wrote. The candidate didn’t go into deep detail about the 59 items on his jobs agenda, but he did offer a shout out to those starting their own companies: “Only the individual initiative of entrepreneurs, workers, investors and inventors enables companies, and our economy as a whole, to flourish.” (ELECTIONEERING; By J. Jennings Moss; Portfolio.com, 9-6-11)

 

With both Cain and Perry now offering dramatic pro-growth tax reform proposals, Romney will either jump on the tax reform bandwagon or be left in the dust (or possibly both).

 

The only pro-growth tax cuts in Romney’s 59-point economic plan are a reduction in the corporate income tax rate to 25% (from 35% today) and the elimination of the death tax.  However, both Perry and Cain are similarly calling for repeal of the death tax.  Also, Perry’s plan would cut the corporate income tax rate to 20%, and Cain’s plan would reduce it to the equivalent of 9%.

 

Romney is advocating eliminating taxes on interest, dividends, and capital gains, but only for people making less than $200,000 a year.  This “cap” would vitiate any benefit to economic growth.  Worse, this element of Romney’s plan implicitly validates Obama’s “class warfare” rhetoric. (Fundamental Tax Reform Is Now Unstoppable; By Louis Woodhill; Forbes, 10/26/2011)

 

Tomorrow, I will introduce a plan consisting of 59 specific proposals — including 10 concrete actions I will take on my first day in office — to turn around America’s economy. Each proposal is rooted in the conservative premise that government itself cannot create jobs. At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way. The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.

 

Only the individual initiative of entrepreneurs, workers, investors and inventors enables companies, and our economy as a whole, to flourish. We must once again unleash the tremendous economic potential of the American people. The contrast between what the Obama administration has done and what I would do as president could not be starker.

 

 

As this catalogue of differences makes clear, our country has arrived at a fork in the road. In one direction lies the heavy hand of the state, indebtedness and decline. In the other direction lies limited government, free enterprise and economic growth. I know which direction is the American way. And I know in which direction lie the millions of jobs we need. (MY PLAN TO TURN AROUND THE U.S. ECONOMY; By Mitt Romney; MittRomney.com, 9-5-11)

 

Q: A Wall Street Journal editorial recently called your 59-point economic plan “surprisingly timid & tactical considering our economic predicament.” Specifically, they had a problem with you picking the $200,000 income threshold for eliminating interest, dividends, and capital gains taxes, writing that you were afraid of “class warfare rhetoric.”

 

ROMNEY: What you have to do is make America the most attractive place in the world for business, and that means our corporate tax rates have to be competitive #2: government and regulators have to be allies of business, not foes.#3: we’ve got to become energy secure in this country. #4: we have to have trade policies that work for us, and crack down on cheaters like China. And my list goes on in my 59 points. I know there are some that say, look, we should lower taxes for the very highest-income people. My view is very simple: The people that have been hurt most by the Obama economy, has been the middle class. That’s why I cut taxes for the middle class.

 

 

Q: Do you support the FairTax?

 

ROMNEY: The idea of a national sales tax or a consumption tax has a lot to go for it. One, it would make us more competitive globally, as we send products around the world, because under the provisions of the World Trade Organization, you can reimburse that to an exporter. We can’t reimburse our taxes right now. It also would level the playing field in the country, making sure everybody is paying some part of their fair share. But the way the fair tax has been structured it has a real problem and that is it lowers the burden on the very highest income folks and the very lowest and raises it on middle income people. And the people who have been hurt most by the economy are the middle class. And so my plan is for middle income Americans, no tax on interest, dividends or capital gains. Let people save their money as the way they think is best. We’re taxing too much, we’re spending too much and middle income Americans need a break and I’ll give it to them.

 

 

If we want to make more capital available for investment, we will have to lower taxes on saving and investing, either at the corporate or the individual level, or preferably both. A lower corporate tax rate would accomplish all that the myriad special tax breaks do, and improve the incentives for investment and entrepreneurship as well. Personal taxes on dividends, interest, and capital gains for all middle-income families should be completely eliminated.

 

Some people advocate the “FairTax” as a means of boosting savings, a system that would entirely replace income taxes with a consumption tax–a kind of sales tax. FairTax proponents estimate that a tax rate of 23% would be sufficient, but detractors claim that it would be closer to 40%. The enormous amount saved by the wealthiest under the FairTax would be made up by a higher tax burden on the middle class. This is not an outcome that will or should gain traction with the American public. (Mitt Romney on Tax Reform; Q & A On The Issues)

 

Five Bills for Day One

 

The American Competitiveness Act: Reduces the corporate income tax rate to 25 percent

 

The Open Markets Act: Implements the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements

 

The Domestic Energy Act: Directs the Department of the Interior to undertake a comprehensive survey of American energy reserves in partnership with exploration companies and initiates leasing in all areas currently approved for exploration

 

The Retraining Reform Act: Consolidates the sprawl of federal retraining programs and returns funding and responsibility for these programs to the states

 

The Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act: Immediately cuts non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent, reducing the annual federal budget by $20 billion

 

Five Executive Orders for Day One

 

An Order to Pave the Way to End Obamacare: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health care solutions that work best for them

 

An Order to Cut Red Tape: Directs all agencies to immediately initiate the elimination of Obama-era regulations that unduly burden the economy or job creation, and then caps annual increases in regulatory costs at zero dollars

 

An Order to Boost Domestic Energy Production: Directs the Department of the Interior to implement a process for rapid issuance of drilling permits to developers with established safety records seeking to use pre-approved techniques in pre-approved areas

 

An Order to Sanction China for Unfair Trade Practices: Directs the Department of the Treasury to list China as a currency manipulator in its biannual report and directs the Department of Commerce to assess countervailing duties on Chinese imports if China does not quickly move to float its currency

 

An Order to Empower American Businesses and Workers: Reverses the executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field in favor of organized labor, including the one encouraging the use of union labor on major government construction projects

 

Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth

 

The book released by the campaign underscores President Obama’s failed approach to each policy area crucial to turning around the economy, and lays out precisely how Mitt Romney will address the issues as president:

 

Tax Policy

 

Mitt Romney will push for a fundamental redesign of our tax system. He recognizes the need to simplify the system. He also recognizes the need both to lower rates and to broaden the tax base so that taxation becomes an instrument for promoting economic growth. As president, Romney will hold the line on individual income tax rates and eliminate taxes on interest, dividends, and capital gains for low- and middle-income taxpayers. He will eliminate the estate tax. And he will pursue a conservative overhaul that applies lower and flatter rates to a broader tax base.

 

Romney will also reform the corporate tax system. He will immediately lower the corporate income tax rate, and then explore opportunities to further lower the marginal rate while broadening the tax base. He will also begin the process of transitioning to a territorial corporate tax system. A territorial system must be designed to encourage multinational companies to bring their profits back into the U.S. and it must avoid the creation of incentives for outsourcing. (Excerpted from FACT SHEET: MITT ROMNEY’S PLAN TO TURN AROUND THE ECONOMY; By Mitt Romney; MittRomney.com, 9-6-11)

 

Like I wrote, I am not voting for Romney in my State Primary but I will probably vote for Romney as the GOP nominee the General Election of November 6, 2012.

 

JRH 11/1/11

The Michele Bachmann Plan


Michele Bachmann

 

John R. Houk

© October 26, 2011

 

I am posting Michele Bachmann’s plan after Herman Cain’s because she was my first favorite GOP Candidate when this race for the GOP nomination began with a list of Candidates (otherwise it would have been Sarah Palin).

 

I love Michele Bachmann as a Candidate primarily because of Social Conservatism. Also Michele Bachmann is huge in the Tea Party Movement (TPM). Bachmann represents Tea Party Congressmen in the House as the leader of the Tea Party Caucus.

 

A Wikipedia article (Not necessarily TPM friendly) describes the TPM thus:

 

It [The TPM] endorses reduced government spending,[8][9] opposition to taxation in varying degrees,[9] reduction of the national debt and federal budget deficit,[8] and adherence to an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution.[10]

 

Wikipedia describes the Tea Party Caucus thus:

 

The Tea Party Caucus is a caucus of the United States House of Representatives and Senate launched and chaired by Minnesota Congresswoman Bachmann on July 16, 2010.[1] The caucus is dedicated to promoting what it considers fiscal responsibility, adherence to the movement‘s interpretation of the Constitution, and limited government. The idea of a Tea Party Caucus originated from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul when he was campaigning for his current seat.[2]

 

The caucus was approved as an official congressional member organization by the House Administration Committee on July 19, 2010[3] and held its first meeting on July 21. Its first public event was a press conference on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, also on July 21.[4] Four Senators joined the caucus on January 27, 2011.[5]

 

Michele Bachmann’s credentials as a Tea Party Conservative with Conservative Social Values are impeccable. The Bachmann campaign has thus emphasized the economics of job creation, less government and National budget plans (e.g. not raising the budget ceiling).

 

Bachmann’s plan is best summed up on her website:

 

Bachmann Introduces “American Jobs, Right Now” Blueprint for Economic Prosperity and Job Creation

 

Posted on October 11th, 2011

 

Hanover, NH – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announced today her blueprint for economic prosperity and job creation titled “American Jobs, Right Now.” With 9.1 percent unemployment, $16.7 trillion in national debt, and a severely weakened U.S. dollar, Bachmann is unveiling her vision for restoring confidence in the our financial system, spurring economic growth, and creating jobs for out of work Americans.

 

“It’s evident that the current trajectory of our country is simply not sustainable and President Obama lacks the understanding of how to return to a position of economic prominence in the world,” Bachmann said. “My blueprint will create an environment which will create real jobs here at home, and return America to a position of economic prominence in the world.”

 

Eleven Points of “American Jobs, Right Now” Blueprint:

 

1.     REPATRIATION. More than 1.2 trillion United States dollars could be brought back to America in days as an immediate “stimulus” if the government would zero out the tax rate on that money until December 31, and then permanently keep it here in the U.S. if taxed at a rate of 5 percent. Foreign earning totaling over $1.2 trillion is more than the President’s failed stimulus and it won’t come out of taxpayer wallets. It would increase the value of the dollar, provide valuable capital for the job creators in this country and pump tremendous amounts of money into our economy.

 

2.     CUT SPENDING AND GOVERNMENT. I have already voted to cut federal spending in the years ahead, every single time I have had the opportunity. In addition, I would phase out quasi-governmental enterprises, such as Fannie and Freddie, and eliminate duplicative government programs and costs. We must decrease government salaries to bring them in line with their private sector counterparts, and we must decrease the number of government employees. Over-spending by the government hurts job creation by devaluing the dollar and stealing capital from the private sector.

 

3.     REPEAL OBAMACARE. Healthcare is one-sixth of the U.S. economy and this unconstitutional takeover of healthcare by the federal government is creating crippling uncertainty for employers across this country. This legislation does nothing to address the true problem with our healthcare system – cost – and will cost states trillions. I believe it is an intentional backstop to imploding healthcare entitlement programs — Medicare and Medicaid — to transition toward a single payer-system. This is the number one hindrance to job creation in the United States (according to a recently released UBS study).

 

4.     CUT TAXES. I’ve demonstrated a firm commitment to cutting spending and balancing the budget. We need to reduce the number of tax brackets, repeal taxes outlined in Obamacare, fix the Alternative Minimum Tax, and eliminate the Death Tax. In addition, we must make the corporate tax code simpler and fairer, and allow U.S. companies that generate earnings overseas to bring back those profits and invest them in American jobs and growth.

 

5.     REPEAL THE JOBS AND HOUSING DESTRUCTION ACT, ALSO KNOWN AS DODD-FRANK. This law tightened regulations on banks, made it harder for Americans to obtain credit, and failed to address the systemic problem that caused the Wall Street collapse — leverage. This 849-page bill calls for 400 new sets of rules that will be written on 6000 Federal Register pages, all written by bureaucrats, many of whom have never worked in the financial services field. The law also creates a potentially intrusive Financial Services Consumer Protection Bureau that is not accountable to Congress and which has but a vague mandate to combat misconduct – so in the wrong hands, it could cause its own kind of misconduct.

 

6.     LEGALIZE AMERICAN ENERGY PRODUCTION AND AMERICA’S NATURAL RESOURCES. This could create 1.4 million jobs, bringing $800 billion of new revenue into the U.S. Treasury, and increasing domestic energy supplies by 50 percent. The price of energy has a direct impact on nearly ever[y] facet of our lives. We have to abandon the parochial and political energy policies of the past and install a comprehensive energy plan that not only reduces our reliance on unfriendly foreign regimes, but also creates millions of American jobs and generates increased tax revenues. According to the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. has more energy potential than any other country in the world. We should use that potential. It is a better policy to create American jobs and explore in an environmentally-sound way, than to rely on foreign dictators who give little regard to the environment. This includes specific strategies like reviving the logging, timber, mining and metals industries, and bringing federal lands back into productive activity by repealing radical environmental laws that kill access to natural resources.

 

7.     REPEAL JOB KILLING REGULATIONS. America’s job creators and small business owners have lost economic liberty under the weight of $1.8 billion annually in compliance costs with government regulations. Together we sent $2.2 trillion in taxes to the federal government this year. By comparison, job creators spend nearly as much annually to comply with bureaucratic mandates. Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and the string of mandates and rules from the Environmental Protection Agency — as well as other agencies — are creating such incredible uncertainty in the market. The House Republican leadership has identified 219 planned Obama administration regulations, each of which will cost the economy more than $100 million. This red tape rampage must stop.

 

8.     INCREASE EXPORTS. This President has been holding hostage trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea as he tries to negotiate favor for Big Labor. The world needs to know that we are open for business and U.S. Companies need to expand beyond our borders to the 95 percent of people who do not live here.

 

9.     UNLEASH AMERICAN INVESTMENT. By eliminating unnecessary taxes and regulation, and expanding trade, we will create an incentive for investment in America again. We must do whatever it takes to restore our ability to manufacture here in the U.S. We can do this by reforming the tax code, providing incentive for growth, and allowing the private sector to control the market with little government involvement.

 

10. PAVE A PATHWAY FOR INNOVATION. Recent reports indicated that the United States has now slipped to 5th in the competitiveness rankings, and 47th in education. How do we expect to lead the world economically when we are not doing what is needed to inspire and foster innovation here at home? The future of the American economy lies with the innovation of this and future generations.

 

11. ENFORCE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWS. The failure of the federal government to enforce its immigration laws costs federal, state and local governments billions of dollars annually. Our nation was founded on the rule of law, and we must ensure U.S. immigration laws are respected and enforced not only to preserve our national security, but to protect federal, state, and local budgets, and to curb the unfair strain on our country’s job markets.

 

“My solutions are simple. We need to cut government spending, legalize America’s God-given natural resources, and stop taxing investment and productivity,” Bachmann said. “In other words, we need to do what growing economies do.”

 

Everything about Bachmann’s plan to right America is very Tea Party; however it is lacking in detail. The eleven points are good ideas but there is not an actual blue print to implement the plan. I think the lack of detail compared to Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan has lost her support among lower economic scale GOP voters because Republicans like the ability to read something concrete to counter Obama’s big government socializing counter-American Heritage transformation of Change. The lower Middle Class GOP voters represent the largest bloc of Republican voters.

 

It is very surprising that Michele Bachmann does not have a comparable tax plan to Herman Cain and now Rick Perry and Mitt Romney’s 59 points. My surprise is because part of Bachmann’s credentials to run for President is her experience as a tax lawyer.

 

Here is an excerpt on Michele Bachmann’s stand on taxation taken from a somewhat favorable website:

 

Summary

 

Congresswoman Bachmann consistently supports lower taxes for all areas, and has stated that taxes are simply too high. She was a strong supporter for extending the Bush tax cuts, and has repeatedly called for ending the death tax, the AMT, and removing the tax on capital gains.

 

Congresswoman Bachmann has proposed the Taxpayer Bill of Rights to put her views on taxes on the record. This bill of rights includes the rights to expect the government to balance the budget without having their taxes raised, and the right to a simple, fair tax code that they can understand.

 

In addition to calling for a simplification of the tax code, Congresswoman Bachmann has called for an end to the death tax. She stated that the tax was inefficient, a job killer, and discouraged saving.

 

In keeping with the idea of ending some taxes and simplifying the overall tax code, Congresswoman Bachman has proposed the Taxpayer Choice Act. This legislation would end the AMT, make the Bush tax rates on capital gains and dividends permanent, and create a voluntary Simplified Tax that would give individuals the option of paying under a highly simplified income tax system or under the regular income tax as it is structured now.

 

During the 2010 debate over extending the Bush tax cuts, Congresswoman Bachmann noted that higher tax rates do not mean higher tax revenues. She stated that higher rates or the uncertainty of a temporary extension would hamper economic growth.

 

Although she has not proposed a specific tax plan, Congresswoman Bachmann has outlined steps she would take if elected President. The steps proposed included numerous tax measures, including:

 

1.     Make all the Bush tax cuts permanent.

 

2.     Cut the corporate tax rate of 34 percent to “single digits” to spur growth and job creation.

 

3.     Kill capital gains taxes.

 

4.     Zero out the death tax.

 

5.     Cap personal income taxes at 20 percent.

 

(Read the whole page that has Bachmann quotes on taxation.)

 

Recently Bachmann has made statements concerning a tax overhaul; however her statements have the picture of what she wants to do as President and is lacking the actual plan for Republicans to get excited about.

 

Bachmann has recently said she would return the country to a Reagan-era tax code.  Tonight Bachmann seemed to say something slightly different. “I will abolish the United States federal tax code and have a flatter, simpler, fairer income tax,” she said. (Last Paragraph of Bachmann @ IFFC speaks of “flatter, simpler, fairer income tax”; by O. Kay Henderson; 10/22/11)

 

I have not been able to find anything concrete as to what Bachmann means by a “flatter, simple, fairer income tax”. As much as I like Michele Bachmann if she does not come up with a blue print to match her “flatter, simpler, fairer income tax” she will be left behind GOP Candidates who do have a concrete plan. So far the only Candidate with a concrete plan that I like is Herman Cain.

 

JRH 10/26/11

Herman Cain Tax Plan


Herman Cain

 

John R. Houk

© October 25, 2011

 

It is beginning to appear the Obama/Dem Party plan to upright the listing ship the USS America is by taxing the rich to provide entitlement money to the poorer Americans to begin spending money that will lead businesses to hire more people for jobs and thus produce jobs and revenue for the US government.

 

If you are a Conservative this plan is stealing property from the backs of owners on a gamble that has failed repeatedly in the past that creates NO jobs and thus decreases revenue to the American government keeping the American Economy on an ever shrinking wheel of sustainability for the livelihood of all Americans.

 

Some GOP candidates have figured out that one way to bring voters to their side is to create jobs by less taxation or by revamping the tax code altogether to a Conservative version of spreading the wealth. The Conservative version of spreading the wealth is to make a fairer and simpler tax code that the largest bloc of voters can understand and get on board to infuse money into the economy and thus raising more revenue for the American government that is fair to the entire economic scale between poor through Middle Class and on toward the wealthy.

 

I decided to take a closer look at the vision of the GOP candidates that have a plan for jobs in which the underlying premise is some form of fairer tax which may run from modifying the current tax code, to flat taxes or to national sales taxes or combinations of all the tax ideas.

 

When I first thought of doing this I thought I could find some inclusive breakdown of the GOP Candidates in the old Google Search Engine. Remarkably I discovered the top search engine results were criticisms of GOP tax ideas rather than evaluation. I guess I should not have been surprised be such Search Engine bias favoring the Left spectrum more than the Right spectrum. So I have decided to search out GOP candidates on an individual basis. I will attempt to post each individual GOP candidate tax and/or job plan based on their intentions rather than the criticisms of the Left or the Right; however keep in mind this is a Slanted Right Blog there will be a smattering of a positive Slanted Right filter.

 

I am going to begin with Herman Cain because it is the simplicity of his 9-9-9 tax plan that has given him a boost in polls without the huge war chest campaign funds.

 

JRH 10/25/11

I Am Described Often as Phobic: Islam, Homosexuality and Mormonism


Phobias

 

John R. Houk

© August 23, 2011

 

If you come to any of my blogs and you do not like my type of Conservatism there are two accusations you could hurl at me. One is that I am an Islamophobe and the second is that I am a Homophobe.

 

The “phobe” part is derived from a Greek word that denotes fear; thus I would be in fear or perhaps an extreme irrational fear of Islam and homosexuals. The concept of fear connotes something in which the scared anxiety would lead one to be repulsed to such an extent as to avoid or to run from that causing the fear.

 

Along my thoughts of a “phobia” attached to Islam and homosexuality I do not feel the effect that bodily harm is imminent triggering the fight or flight autonomic response. As an Islamophobe and a Homophobe I am concerned of the effect those two lifestyles will have on my environment. My environment is one which I believe Islam is a false religion that has a very dark nature which is a threat to individual and communal safety as well as to American Constitutional issues such as Free Speech, Religious Freedom and Liberty in general. Likewise I believe the homosexual agenda to seek normalization in American is antithetical toward my faith which includes Biblical Morality.

 

Both Islam and homosexual activists view Biblical Christianity as a threat that might encroach on their spheres of influence or freedom to practice immorality openly. Islam does not like being called a pseudo-religion ripped off from Judaism and Christianity. According to Muslim holy writings when another religion calls Islam false that is an insult worthy of death. I am fairly certain Judaism does not have a Scriptural edict to kill those that insult Judaism. I am absolutely certain the Christian Scriptures do not mandate a death penalty if another religious person insults Christianity. Now I realize there are Christians that would become offended and take the insult as an attack and might start a fight resulting in death; HOWEVER such an action by a Christian would contrary to the Biblical New Testament. Homosexuals feel threatened by Biblical Christianity for the New Testament clearly spells out that sex between two males or two females is an abomination to God. Statistically most Americans still consider themselves Christians even if they are not strict adherent to a Christian lifestyle. Hence it is understandable that Homosexuals and their apologists on the Left side of the political spectrum do all they can to relegate Christianity to an outmoded religion that should be regarded as a collection of myths that for the most part is not applicable to a Western Secular mindset.

 

Now after my long-winded justification for Islamophobia and Homophobia there is another phobia that bugs me that will undoubtedly produce yet another epithet that would relegate me to what one might call an intolerant-racist Archie Bunker mindset (Humorous look). I am a huge believer that certain religions that like to be associated with Christianity but have a different doctrine than Christianity are not Christian. The two that come to mind immediately are Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormonism (aka Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints). The particular sect/cult I am going to focus on in this post is the Mormons. Why?

 

Mormons of today basically lead what definitely would be defined a Biblical Christian lifestyle. Mormons as a group of cult-believers are typically Conservative with a Pro-Life stance. Thus it is not the people that bug me rather it is the Mormon faith in general. Why am I picking on the Mormons?

 

It is because a candidate running for the Office of President under the Republican Party is a Mormon. That person is former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney. Actually Romney has been in the enviable political position as the front runner for the GOP slot as of this post.

 

Now I am not what one would call an expert on Mormon doctrine but I know enough for the Christian red flag to pop up. To my understanding Mormon theology teaches that Jesus is a created Son of God as opposed to being co-equal as One God in three persons known as the Trinity. The God of the Trinity has no beginning and no ending as in the first and the last and the alpha and the omega. The Mormon Jesus is a created supernatural being like the angels. Indeed, Jesus and Lucifer have a commonality in both being created. There is much more to be concerned about with Mormonism and a Presidential Mormon. The guy to read about this is Ed Decker of Saints Alive in Jesus. Decker is an ex-Mormon that is full of details on the reasons to be wary the Mormon cult. Below is an email I received from Saints Alive that points toward a book by Ed Decker at his website. I am also going to squeeze the info derived from the book at the Saints Alive website.

 

JRH 8/23/11

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A Special Report and An Urgent Message from Ed Decker

 

By Ed Decker

Sent by: Saints Alive

Sent: August 22, 2011 4:08 PM

 

A secular reporter opined last week that if Mitt Romney made it to the White House in next year’s elections, Mormonism would become a main-stream Christian religion and it would add several million new members to its rolls.

 

My concern is not that a conservative Mormon would replace the socialist now occupying the White House, but that a few more millions of victims would fall prey to the doctrines of demons that are the foundation of Mormonism and lost to God and given over to the devil.

 

That’s it in the simplest of terms.

 

In my book, My Kingdom Come: The Mormon Quest for Godhood, I systematically detail the Mormon doctrines that separate its members from the true body of Christ and from the promise of eternal life in Christ. I also dedicate a full chapter to the Mormon Plan for America and the rise of Mitt Romney

 

I was back East recently and was watching the News when one of the new LDS warm and fuzzy “we are just like you” ads came on and I was impressed by the quality and impact of the ad to a lost and dying world. Would that a few of the mega-churches spend a tenth of what the Mormons spend and reach out with the real Jesus to that same lost world.

 

The problem is that for the most part, the Christian church has stopped inoculating its people against the warm and fuzzy demons of the cults. I have said many times that Satan is not going to come to you looking like a fourteen foot frog with bad breath. He is going to come as a sweet and enticing spirit.

 

The late Dr. Walter Martin said that the cults are the unpaid bills of the Church and it has not been more so than today, when the vast majority of the churches, especially in the evangelical community, do not want to offend anyone. They seem to forget that Jesus, the rock of our salvation, offended a whole lot of folks, especially the religious ones.

 

Rarely do I see a church confronting its people with their sins and calling for repentance. Words like “sanctify yourselves” and “be holy and righteous before Him” don not come from the pulpit very often these days.   Salvation comes at the end of services by a quick two second lifting of a hand while all heads are bowed and eyes are closed, like it is a secret thing and no one should be privy to who was ‘saved.’
Might embarrass them. 

 

Funny. Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father.” That’s the deal I would want in on!

   

Well, I started in one place and ending up in another. Let me get back on subject.

 

Because of the lack of discernment so prevalent in the church today, men like Mitt Romney and Glenn Beck seem to captivate the hearts of many Christians, especially some of our most leaders. 

 

They seem to be able to casually trade their biblical integrity for the spotlight, standing with these ministers of deceit and openly accepting them as true Christian brothers, as though they were unaware that both Beck and Romney proclaim not the righteousness of the Living God, but their own righteousness as they work to become gods of their own planets. The Word of God warns us of this coming to pass in the last days.

 

I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Rom 10:2-4

 

 

The other day, I watched Mitt Romney being interviewed by one of our most well known Christian TV personalities. This is a man with whom I have personally shared the dangers of the LDS doctrines. He knows the dangers. Yet this man who professes to have great spiritual discernment sat, knee to knee, with Mitt Romney, A Mormon High Priest wearing his magic temple undergarments inches from this great Christian leader who fawned all over this “strong conservative candidate.”

 

This last Sunday night, August 21, 2011, Carol and I turned on the TV to see John Hagee speaking on TBN, while at the Glenn Beck “Restoring Courage” event in Israel. TBN, another major player in Christian Television had dedicated its full broadcast power, without interruption to this mighty cause, led by the demonized temple Mormon, Glenn Beck.

 

Dear Lord, deliver us from the vanity of such blind fools.

 

Therefore, please accept a copy of the entire 12th Chapter of my book, The Mormon Plan for America and the Rise of Mitt Romney.”

 

You can download it from our Saints Alive Facebook Page,

 

Our website

 

Or email me personally at ed@saintsalive.com And I will personally send you a full copy by return e-mail.

 

After you read it, I would ask you to send it out to every person on your email list and post it on your FB page, Twitter page and whatever other social networking system you use. This word must get out!

 

The Man Who Would Be God

Mitt Romney

 

The Secret World of Mitt Romney

 

Mitt Romney has a few secrets he really doesn’t want you to know…

 

Mitt isn’t just a member of the Mormon Church.

 

Mitt Romney is a Temple Mormon, a High Priest, and as such he has sworn blood oaths of sacrifice, obedience, and consecration to the church and the soon coming, long prophesied “Kingdom of God.”

 

His belief in and obedience to these laws will allow him to become a polygamous god in the next life, the literal father of the peoples of a new and different earth. He wears secret undergarments marked with sacred talismanic symbols that he believes will keep him protected as he works his way to godhood.   He is truly a Presidential candidate with an actual, definable god complex.

 

This “Kingdom of God” is the actual Mormon Theocracy that will take over the U.S. government when the Constitution of the United States “hangs by a thread” and the nation is ‘saved’ by the Mormon Brethren, the LDS spiritual leaders. The prophet and the apostles and key Mormons in high positions, such as Mitt Romney sitting in the Oval Office. The money pouring into his campaign isn’t accidental. It is to fulfill prophecy.

 

Mitt Romney’s strong candidacy for 2012 and his possible presidency has become a whispered ground swell of speculation in Mormon circles, as they wonder if he is the “one Mighty and Strong” who will usher in the last days and bring America into the LDS “Kingdom of God.” These are the whispers that the Brethren hope do not become public but are laid wide open in this chapter.

 

Get your own free copy of “The Mormon Plan for America and th e Rise of Mitt Romney

 

Today!

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I Am Described Often as Phobic: Islam, Homosexuality and Mormonism

John R. Houk

© August 23, 2011

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A Special Report and An Urgent Message from Ed Decker

 

Saints alive in Jesus

P.O. Box 1347

Issaquah WA 98028

www.saintsalive.com

ed@saintsalive.com

 

Copyright: Ed Decker 2011

In Defense of the 2012 GOP Presidential Field


Romney, Palin & Huckabee

Michael Connolly wonders out loud why there is criticism for the early potential GOP candidates for President. Then Connolly enumerates some strengths of those potential candidates.

 

JRH 11/19/10

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